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by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)

I want to do more than urge you to make inner peace your priority. I want to show you how, by preserving that peace, you will succeed better at whatever you do than if you were always on the job.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The devotee who tries to meditate will be hindered, not only by new distractions, but also by strong habits of the body such as restlessness, procrastination, material desires, selfishness, and moods.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development)

Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Humility lies in the heart; it is not a “put-up” job. You must feel that everything you do is accomplished by Him alone, through you. It is the consciousness of his own inferiority which makes a man hide behind a display of pride.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Everyone must be ready for attacks of some kind in life. The most important decision all of us must face in life is, always, how to react in the highest way from a standpoint of our own spiritual growth.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

On the spiritual path, we don’t tread water. We’re either moving forward or backward. Very few on the spiritual path say outright, “I will not fight.” We don’t say, “I give up.” What we say in effect is, “I let up,” meaning, “I’m not going to try as hard.”

by Brahmachari Dhyan and Nayaswami Prakash (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

Dhyan and I were working with the thought, “The things that happen to us do not matter; what we become through them does.” When we finished, we looked at each other and one of us said, “I think we got it right this time.”

by Kalamali Church (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)

I had seen Divine Mother in moments of beauty and joy. Now She was showing me that even in my darkest moments, She remained with me. I didn’t need to hide anything because, in Her great compassion, She loved me unconditionally.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Those who fill their hearts with unkindness can never learn to love God.To grow closer to God, you must be kind and loving to all. Making others happy through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice is a sign of true greatness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The more a person gives generously of himself, to God and to life, the more karmic law supports him in return. Always keep a generous attitude even if you haven’t the financial means to be generous in more material ways.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

Good health results from a strong unobstructed flow of life-force to all areas of the body; illness, moods, apathy—in fact, all negative states—are symptoms of a conflict or blockage of the life-force. One of the great benefits of meditation is a gradual freedom from these conflicts.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

People should look carefully at anything in themselves that they’d rather ignore, things their conscience tells them they ought, or ought not, to do.

An Interview with Nayaswamis Savitri and Sudarshan (Spiritual Development)

When the motor scooter bucked, my body was launched into the air. Witnesses said I did at least one cartwheel, but I only remember a blur. I believe my right leg folded up under me as I hit the pavement with my full body weight. Then I rolled lengthwise several times until I was lying face up on the grass by the roadside.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

You are not your body, male or female. You are not your personality. The body you take on is just the product of all the things you’ve done and the reactions you’ve had over many lifetimes. These experiences have molded your face, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and have become your self-definitions, but you are none of those things.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Remember, if you make up your mind that you are going to control your circumstances, your circumstances will adjust themselves accordingly. Friendly success tendencies are ready to help you, depending on your unflinching efforts.

An Interview with Mary Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)

Spiritually, the most important attitude for a healer is a constant awareness that God is the source of the healing power. There is also the need for reverent devotion to God and Guru because if you pray and ask the Masters to guide you, they will protect you from all negative influences, especially any tendency to become egoic.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Laziness is the inertia that impedes a person’s attempts to progress. He wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Oh, let me lie here just a little longer, before getting up to meditate.” Or he thinks, “It would be good to discipline myself, but let me just wait until tomorrow!”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

A mental indulgence in fear creates a subconscious fear habit. When something upsetting occurs, the subconscious fear habit asserts itself, magnifying the object of one’s fears.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritual Practices)

We are never separate from the Guru, just as we are never separate from God, but we must realize the Guru’s inner presence by opening our hearts to him and asking for his blessings.

An Interview with Brahmacharini Brindey (Spiritual Development, Stories of Grace)

When I “came to” I realized to the core of my being that all I needed to do was accept the gift of sobriety and say YES to it and to life, and God would take care of the rest!

by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development)

Accept others as they are. Accept life as it is. By learning acceptance, you will learn above all to accept yourself. With acceptance will come forgiveness, and a joyful sense of inner release.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

As we contemplate the rays of Dwapara Yuga, it should be clear that love alone will help us fully to absorb their beneficial energies.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

It’s people who make communities, and more than that, it’s people in tune with a state of divine consciousness. This state of consciousness is something given to us by God, and it’s this consciousness that makes Ananda what it is.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The existence of life after death is the greatest mystery guarded by nature. No one is allowed, no matter how great a saint he might have been, to come back after death and tell the masses of people of the life-eternal.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The simple truth is: no human being can make the leap from ego-consciousness to cosmic consciousness by merely believing in that infinite consciousness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The stronger the family, spiritually speaking, the greater its attractive pull on new souls that may still be wandering in search of an identity of their own.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

All of us are products of God’s bliss. How could anyone not want—each according to his own understanding—to reclaim that bliss?

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

While it is not unwise to initiate worthwhile undertakings at astrologically auspicious times, anything you do with deep faith in God will blossom under better influences than you could hope to find by consulting the heavens for favorable aspects.

by Atman Goering (Spiritual Development)

I had learned a valuable lesson. I realized that my worry habit reflected the mistaken notion that by thinking and fretting about the “critically important details” I had to juggle in my job, I would somehow make the situation better.